Woody Allen seemed pessimistic about trying his creative hand at television earlier this year, but nonetheless agreed to take on a new challenge. Months into the project, the director’s subtle negativity has turned to all-out defeatism.
Just days after Amazon Studios’ successful half-hour transgender series Transparent took home awards at the 2015 Golden Globes in January, Allen was brought on board to direct his first TV series.
After snagging the director, Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price spoke of the decision in a statement, saying, “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series.”
Allen also spoke in January, albeit less cheerful, and stated: “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”
While no details have been released about the Allen project, Friday in Cannes, France the Oscar-winning Annie Hall creator, 79, described his foray into television as a catastrophe.
“This was a catastrophic mistake for me. I’m struggling with it,” Allen said to a crowd at Cannes, according to USA TODAY. “I never should have gotten into it. I thought it would be really easy, to do six half-hours. I thought it would be a cinch. But it’s not. It’s very, very hard.”
He finished: “I’m not good at it. I don’t watch any television. I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m floundering… I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment.”
The untitled Woody Allen project is set for release on Amazon in 2016.